There are lots of myths and misinformation about what gives you spots
Here are three common ones:
1. Chocolate/ junk food
We’ve all heard that foods such as chocolate or greasy/junk foods can cause spots. However, there is no evidence that the food that we eat causes spots.
However, while chocolate and greasy/junk foods don’t cause spots, it’s still important to eat a healthy balanced diet to stay fit and healthy.
Having a good diet and drinking plenty of water can have a really positive impact on your skin and complexion. So even if chocolate and junk food doesn’t directly lead to spots, if you don’t have the right balance of foods and vitamins, your skin won’t be healthy.
Check out our information about food and drink rumours and eating healthy for more on this.
Some people say that wearing make-up causes spots. Technically, most makeup won’t cause spots, but you need to sure you remove it properly, especially at night, otherwise it can block your pores, which can in turn cause spots.
You should also wash your hands before applying makeup as this will help lower the amount of bacteria spread to the skin when you apply it – these bacteria can cause spots
Keeping your make-up application equipment, such as brushes and sponges, clean is also important.
3. Bad hygiene
To maintain good hygiene, you should make sure that you wash thoroughly with soap and water at least once a day, including your face.
Some people believe that spots are caused by poor personal hygiene. In fact, most spots are caused by biological reactions under the skin, which means how clean your skin is on the surface has a limited effect on your spots.
Washing your face too much can actually make things worse as it can wash away protective oils in your skin which form a barrier against bacteria.
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